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Is America Ripe For Tyranny?

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Despite the alarmist commentary, America isn’t doomed under this president. 

What “The Post” Gets Wrong

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 22, 2018

Will the law on the Pentagon Papers really serve us well in cases like Edward Snowden?

The Organic Food Hoax

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The industry thrives by making fraudulent claims about the foods we eat. 

Can Countries Make Themselves Great Again?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

History shows they can—but only if they return to their singular values.

Is Global Warming A Public Nuisance?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 15, 2018

Cities file law suits against oil companies for ‘harming the environment.’  

The Revolt Of The Masses

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Democrats are not only losing white working class men—the white middle class is slipping away as well. 

Why Socialism Fails

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Soviet disaster shows that modern economies are too complex to plan. 

The Labor Market Resurgence

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Deregulation, consistently applied, produces large gains.

A New Year's Toast To The Old Breed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The veterans of World War II gave us a far better world than they inherited. 

Restoring Tribal Economies

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Colonial-era policies and paternalism distort markets on Native American reservations. 


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